Israeli assault on Palestinians: Live Coverage

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Palestinians carry a body, a member of the Ghanam family, after being removed from under the rubble of their home following an Israeli air raid on Rafah, in the southern of Gaza strip , on July 11, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Said Khatib)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

At least 103 Palestinians -- the vast majority of whom are civilians -- have been killed and over 700 injured so far since a massive Israeli air and naval assault against the besieged Gaza Strip was launched on July 8. Homes, markets, and vital infrastructure have been targeted by the Israeli military, causing destruction and over 1,000 displaced people. This current attack is the bloodiest since an eight-day assault was launched by the Israeli military on Gaza in the November 2012 which left 177 Palestinians dead and over 1,300 wounded.

Al-Akhbar's news coverage of Israel's attacks against Gaza can be viewed on this link.

This blog will provide context and supplementary information about the discussions, analysis, and the like in regards to this latest act of violence by Israel on the Palestinians.

Al-Akhbar will continue to post live updates on the situation in Palestine.

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  • Blog closes for today

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    07:12pm

    Al-Akhbar is ending the live blog coverage for today.

    We would like to wish safety and security for the Palestinians in Gaza, and elsewhere.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 19:12

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  • Thousands of 1948 Palestinians in Kafr Manda protest Israeli attack on Gaza

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    06:37pm

    According to Arabs48, thousands of Palestinians, who remained in occupied Palestine despite the 1947-48 ethnic cleansing, gathered in the town of Kafr Manda which is located at the center of the country to protest the Israeli attack on Gaza.

    Here are two photos from the event, which included solidarity speeches and waving of the Palestinian national flag:

    1948 Palestinians at the protest in Kafr Manda1948 Palestinians at the protest in Kafr Manda

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 18:37

  • Bibi's press conference

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    06:27pm

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently conducting a press conference about the Israeli attack on Gaza.

    The right-winger said that the objective of the attack is to bring peace and quiet to Israel, and that operations will continue until this occurs regardless of international pressures.

    When asked whether Israel was preparing a ground invasion, Netanyahu said, "We are preparing all options."

    He noted that already "1000 Hamas targets" have been hit. No words about Palestinian civilians, however.

    Netanyahu also said that "no normal country would accept a situation" in which rockets are fired on their cities and towns. He added that he held "very good, positive" telephone consultations with US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    The Israeli prime minister said that "Israel is paying the price for its 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, something which I did not support." He said that any Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank "would create another 20 fronts with Gaza, 20 Gazas."

    Looks like he's committed to continue the war on Gaza for now.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 18:27

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  • Russian president Putin: A "true friend of Israel"

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    06:14pm

    According to the Israeli National News site, Russian president Vladimir Putin told a delegation of rabbis that he supported Israel's attacks on Gaza.

    The report states:

    "I follow closely what's going on in Israel," said Putin during the long meeting, which was held in Moscow.

    "I support the struggle of Israel as it attempts to protect its citizens. I also heard about the shocking murder of the three youths. It is an act that cannot be allowed, and I ask you to transmit my condolences to the families," added the Russian president, in referring to the abduction and murder of three teens in June by Hamas terrorists.

    It added:

    Putin responded to Rabbi Yosef, asking him to tell Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he is a true friend of Israel and of Netanyahu. Netanyahu called Putin on Thursday, and in their conversation, Putin called for an end to the conflict in Gaza.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 18:14

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  • Egyptian activist plan aid convoy to Gaza

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    06:06pm

    Aswat Masriya reported yesterday that a group of Egyptian activists are preparing an aid convoy to be sent to Gaza.

    This is what the report stated:

    A number of Egyptian activists have decided to prepare a popular aid convoy headed to the Gaza strip in support of the Palestinian people, Moataza Abdel Sabour, an initiative participant, told Aswat Masriya on Thursday.

    "The convoy will be dependent on grass root donations. The participation of political parties will be limited to the collection and storage of medical aid or similar help," Abdel Sabour said.

    Abdel Sabour does not expect the convey to head to Gaza before a week, so that all the necessary aid materials are supplied and cross permits are attained.

    "The campaign has communicated with the people of Gaza and we have attained a list of the urgent needs," the Popular Campaign to Support the Palestinian People said on its Facebook page.

    Meanwhile, it seems that a number of Egyptian organizations, many of whom despise the other, have banned together condemning the Israeli attack on Gaza:

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 18:06

  • India calls for restraint, dialogue

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    05:55pm

    According to The Hindu, one of India's leading paper:

    "India is deeply concerned at the steep escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine, particularly, heavy air strikes in Gaza, resulting in tragic loss of civilian lives and heavy damage to property. At the same time, India is alarmed at the cross-border provocations resulting from rocket attacks against targets in parts of Israel,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in New Delhi on Thursday.

    India urged both Israel and Palestine to “avoid taking actions that may further exacerbate the situation, and threaten the peace and security of the region”.

    India said it remained firmly convinced that dialogue was the only viable option that could effectively address the issues confronting the region and its people.

    “We call upon both sides to resume direct talks at the earliest, in adherence to the obligations assumed by them under the peace process, for a comprehensive resolution of the Palestinian issue,” said Mr. Akbaruddin.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 17:55

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  • Images of destruction

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  • A liberal Zionist mulls burning her passport

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    05:41pm

    Mira Bar Hillel, a citizen of the Zionist state, wrote an opinion piece for the British newssite The Independent called, "Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport".

    She wrote:

    And, as the bombs rain on Gaza, Israeli teens have taken to tweeting scantily-clad selfies alongside their political sentiments. In two now deleted tweets, one wrote “Death to all of you Arabs you transfag”, while another proclaimed “Arabs may you be paralyzed & die with great suffering!” Another teen simply tweeted “Death to these f****** Arabs”, and attached a photo of themselves pouting alongside it.

    Seeing these angelic faces of evil spouting such genocidal rhetoric, I pick up my Israeli passport and a box of matches. “Not in my name, people. Not in my name!”

    She's most likely not going to burn her passport, considering that this is not the first time, nor will it be the last time, that Israel and its citizens commit horrific acts against the Palestinians.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 17:41

  • Ynet: Israel fires "smoke shells" into southern Gaza

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    05:29pm

    Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet) reports that the Israeli military fired "smoke shells" into open fields at the southern part of Gaza.

    Smoke shells tend to be used to provide cover for an army.

    Incidentally, white phosphorous - a weapon of mass destruction - also releases smoke and has been used by the Israeli military before in 2008-9, and by the US military in Iraq during it's illegal invasion and occupation.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 17:29

  • Al-Monitor: On the killing of Hamid Shehab

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    05:18pm

    A powerful first-hand account by Asmaa al-Ghoul of the killing of Hamid Shehab, a driver of a media vehicle on al-Monitor.

    She wrote:

    On that day, we had finished following up on stories and interviews, and everyone had returned to the office. We were all busy with something — a photo essay, report or interview — and Hamid was with us, helping and reassuring everyone. Sunset was approaching, and we began to prepare for iftar, the main meal during Ramadan. Hamid ate with us and then made Arabic coffee as usual and distributed it.

    He stood in front of the door facing everyone and said he was going to check on his family and then meet Hatim Salmi, a photographer, to follow up on developments on the ground. Barely an hour had passed when Hatim called, screaming, "Hamid has been martyred! Hamid has been martyred!"

    We could not understand. We thought, "Maybe Hatim was mistaken." We hoped so. The director of the agency, Khaled al-Ashqar, hurried to the hospital and confirmed the news: Our friendly driver had been killed by a direct hit on the silver Skoda with "TV" written on the side in large, bright red letters.

    Hatim told Al-Monitor, "He took me home, like he did for the rest of the crew. He told me at the time that he would be back in about an hour to pick me up in front of my house to finish taking photos. He said he would bring mattresses, blankets and pillows so that everyone could sleep in the office in order to follow up on events directly and given the risk of going out at dawn.

    "Hamid later called and said he would be at my house in the Ramal neighborhood in a few minutes. I went out onto the front stairs and heard a violent explosion. I ran back to my family, thinking that the rocket had hit my home. However, I saw that they were fine. I looked out the window and saw that Hamid's car had been destroyed by the rocket. The only thing that remained was the press sign on the front of the car."

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 17:18

  • US embassy urges citizens to leave Gaza?

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    05:11pm

    There have been rumors, unconfirmed, that the US embassy has sent out emails to American citizens requesting them to leave the territory.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 17:11

  • AlterNet: Israel's Assault on Gaza Obscures Core Issues: Racism, Occupation, Colonization

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    04:56pm

    Prominent academic and author Rashid Khalidi comments on Israel's latest assault on Gaza in a frank article for AlterNet.

    Here's the crux:

    But like most recent Israeli encounters with the Palestinians, like every previous assault launched against Gaza, this will be a losing maneuver. In the long run it will it backfire, producing another crack in the edifice of Israel’s illegal and morally bankrupt project of perpetual occupation and unceasing colonization. Just the other day, Netanyahu let slip what he had never uttered before: in future negotiations, Israel will insist on permanent occupation, meaning permanent subjugation of the Palestinians. All of this is in service of the Revisionist-Likud dream of unlimited settlement to achieve a greater Eretz Israel. However, the ongoing unrest in Arab East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied territories as well as in Palestinian communities within Israel is another warning. It is the third such warning since the first intifada began in 1987, that this inhuman and racist project is unsustainable, and there is simply no way that it will pass: it cannot proceed in calm and tranquility, as some dream, because it cannot force the Palestinians to submit.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:56

  • ISIS and the Israeli attack on Gaza

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    04:41pm

    An interesting proposition by British academic Paul Rogers, in an article he submitted to Open Democracy, titled "The Gaza-Iraq connection".

    He writes:

    ISIL is already adapting to the situation, not least because other rebel groups across the border are now joining it to oppose the Bashar al-Assad regime. Yet it still faces major problems: the declaration of an Islamist caliphate cannot disguise the fact that it has only progressed so far in Iraq because of cooperation with more secular groups, including Ba’athists.

    It will now seek to plan and organise for the long term, attempting to set itself up as the natural leader of Islamist resistance to the (from its perspective) unacceptable non-Islamist regimes across the region, including Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

    This is no small task, and in the ordinary way would not have too much of a chance of progress. But it may be helped by the confluence of events in Israel and Palestine, especially Gaza. The reality is that what is now happening in Gaza is closely connected to ISIL’s future prospects - an aspect of the region that is very largely missed by western analysts.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:41

  • Interview with Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani

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    04:32pm

    An audio interview with Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani, conducted by Malihe Razazan, regarding the current devastation Gaza is facing by the Israeli attack.

    Tune in:

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:32

  • Canada's Harper pledges support to Israel

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    04:25pm

    Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, a right-wing conservative, reiterated his support to Israel, the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail
    reported yesterday.

    The report said:

    The PMO says Harper reiterated Canada’s steadfast support for Israel and its right to defend itself against terror attacks. Both leaders agreed that Hamas must end its targeted attacks on Israeli citizens.

    Canada under Harper had transformed into one of the staunchest supporters of Israel in the last couple of years.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:25

  • Palestinian Resistance's psychological warfare

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    04:10pm

    Al-Akhbar's Ahmed Hadi, reporting from Gaza, writes on the development and growth of Palestinian armed resistance's ability in "information and propaganda, creating a counter-deterrent using the Internet and the language of the other side."

    Here's a peek:

    Military psychology experts say that the new development in this context is that the Palestinians are no longer afraid of the leaflets dropped by Israeli warplanes in order to turn the civilian population against the Resistance or force civilians to evacuate their homes, especially along the border areas.

    The Resistance has launched a strong assault targeting the morale of the Israeli public, broadcasting videos in Hebrew focusing on its military capabilities, including its medium-range rocket arsenal and amphibious commandos. The Resistance has also called on Israelis to evacuate their homes, and hacked websites to display its messages. Recall that during the last conflict in Gaza, the Resistance had leaked the names and numbers of thousands of Israeli army officers.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:10

  • OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke: Five health facilities damaged

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    04:06pm

    Al-Jazeera quotes UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokesperson (OCHA) Jens Laerke as saying:

    "We know of five health facilities which have been damaged. The Gaza European Hospital for instance was damaged: they have closed down the pediatric ward, they have closed down the intensive care unit. There was a nurse who was injured yesterday."

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:06

  • Israeli army tries to be trendy

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    04:04pm

    The Israeli military is continuing with its attempt to justify, arguably in a desperate fashion, the targeting of Palestinian homes in Gaza.

    Here is one of those cartoons - for a lack of a better word - of that attempt, tweeted by the Israeli military's twitter account.

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    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 16:04

  • Lebanon's MTV channel apologizes

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    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 15:52

  • Wave of pro-Palestinian protests sweep Europe: Middle East Monitor

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    03:51pm

    According to the Middle East Monitor, protests for Palestine have emerged in London, Istanbul, Barcelona, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Glasgow, Derry, Galway, Paris, Strasbourg, Berlin, The Hague, Athens, Valencia, Rome, Turin, Florence and Geneva, "with many more protests planned in the coming days."

    Click here the article about it, includes pictures from the sites of these protests.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 15:51

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  • Gaza Youth Breaks Out

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    03:47pm

    Gaza Youth Breaks Out (GYOB) - an organization on the ground in Gaza that captured the attention of the western press due to a manifesto they released in 2012 that harshly criticized Hamas and Fatah - has just released a statement on their Facebook page saying that, at least for today, they are with Hamas.

    Here it is in full:

    Do we support the resistance? Normally we don't but in cases like now, WE DO..
    The only thing that will stop Israel from killing our people is when they know that they have something to lose..
    We never liked hamas and we wrote a manifesto criticizing it but today, We are Hamas and hamas is us until this over...

    One wonders...will the Western press pay attention to this?

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 15:47

  • Iranian president calls on Muslim world "to help Palestinians in Gaza"

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    03:40pm

    According to the Iranian Fars news agency, Iranian president Hassan Rouhan has sent out letters to leaders in Muslim-majority countries urging them to help the Palestinians in Gaza.

    Here is the report:

    "Unity of Muslim countries against the enemies is vital at this juncture," President Rouhani said in his letters.

    Meantime, he warned that the cruel blockade of Gaza and acute shortage of medical aids are worrying and can lead to a human catastrophe.

    "Helping the oppressed people of Palestine and preventing the Zionist regime from committing its atrocities are the common responsibility of all international organizations and freedom-loving countries of the world," the Iranian president said.

    He pointed to the "heroic" and "legitimate" resistance of the people and resistance groups in Palestine, and said, "Undoubtedly, the resilient and great nation of Palestine, with its indomitable will, will once again defeat the Zionist regime."

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 15:40

  • Al-Qassem Brigades calls for an end to flights to Israel

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    03:29pm

    Hamas's military wing, the al-Qassem Brigades, called on all international airlines to suspend flights to the Zionist state earlier today.

    The resistance group said that an end of flights is necessary due to growing dangers across airports as the assault on Gaza by the Israeli military has forced a response by Palestinian fighters.

    Already, the brigade announced that it struck Ben Gurion Airport, situated near Tel Aviv, with M75 rockets.

    It should be noted that Gaza had an airport, the Yassir Arafat International Airport. It became inoperable after the Israeli military forces bombed the radar station and control tower in 2001 and Israeli bulldozers ripped apart the tarmac in 2002.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 15:29

  • BBC report: How accurate are images on social media of Gaza under attack?

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    02:59pm

    BBC, which has come under fire over its Israeli-oriented coverage of Palestine, has conducted and released a report claiming that images being circulated on social media are either from Syria or Iraq.

    Many pro-Israel supporters and Israeli media have latched on to this report.

    Interestingly enough, BBC has also been criticized for using images of Iraq in regards to reports regarding Syria.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:59

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  • Lebanon's MTV: A topsy-twirly headline

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    02:52pm

    MTV, a Lebanese channel owned by Michael Murr, and notorious for its xenophobic reporting on non-Lebanese such as Palestinians and Syrians, has been covering the war on Gaza.

    However, for them, it's a 'war on Israel'...

    See below of an amateur photo of the headline, that is being shared around social media.

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    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:52

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  • Pravda: Is Israel Planning Gaza's "Final Solution"?

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    02:40pm

    Russian news paper Pravda published an opinion piece today by one of it's columnists, Felicity Arbuthnot.

    She writes:

    Israel is clearly planning another "turkey shoot" reminiscent of General Norman Schwartzkopf's infamous boast of his aerial slaughter on the Basra Road, of those seeking safety, with no where to hide, in the first Gulf war.

    With the UN in the form of Ban Ki-moon flaccidly urging "restraint" and world leaders mute, as ever, on Israel's murdering misdemeanors and homicidal excesses, it must be noted that 2000-2014, Palestinian child fatalities "as a result of military and settler violence" to date are 1,407. The eight reported killed today are not included in that Defence for Children International's figures (8.)

    Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Conventions is unequivocal: collective punishment is a war crime. "No person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation ... are prohibited ... Reprisals against persons and their property are prohibited."

    It is a supreme irony that when unspeakable crimes were committed against the Jewish people, their rights, their property, the Nuremberg trials were meticulous in their findings, retribution and laying down of laws to attempt to guarantee "never again", against any race, group or society. In sixty five years of unspeakable crimes by Israelis against their fellow Semites, the Palestinians, international law has remained deaf mute.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:40

  • Carlos Latuff

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    02:26pm

    Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff has been churning out stinging cartoons in regards to the Israelis attack on Gaza.

    Here's one of them:

    By Carlos LatuffBy Carlos Latuff

    Check out the rest on his website or Facebook page.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:26

  • Israeli war watchers of Sderot

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    02:22pm

    It seems that the residents of Sderot are comfortable enough to go out and watch the bombing of Gaza at a hilltop.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:22

  • UN: Israel's targeting of Gaza homes "may" constitute war crime

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    02:15pm

    A very confusing stance by the UN.

    Here's the complied report by Al-Akhbar:

    Israel could be violating the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes in Gaza, the UN's human rights office said Friday, as the death toll from the Israeli strikes rose to 100.

    "We have received disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes," said spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.

    "Such reports raise doubts about whether the Israeli air strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law," she told reporters.

    International humanitarian law is UN-speak for the laws of war, and Shamdasani said targeting homes was a violation unless the buildings were being used for military purposes.

    "In case of doubt, buildings that are ordinarily used for civilian purposes, such as homes, are presumed not to be legitimate military targets," she said.

    "Even when a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time, and precautions must be taken to protect civilians," she added.

    Read more here.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:15

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  • How the Israeli military justifies striking Palestinian homes

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    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:03

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  • Israeli military chief: Ground invasion hinges on "political directive"

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    01:49pm

    According to Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet):

    Israel military chief of staff Benny Gantz visited a base belonging to the Paratroopers Brigade where he said, "Gaza is sinking into disaster. The attack from the air is excellent and intelligence (efforts) are working."

    "We must look at the campaign in a level-headed manner and not in hysterics. Nothing will keep us for continuing forward. The [Israeli army] doesn't need a straw to break the camel's back for a ground operation, only a political directive."

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 13:49

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  • How a pointless app became useful for the Israelis

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    01:42pm

    Technology news site, arstechnica, reports on how an app called Yo, notorious for being useless, was bought out by an Israeli company and re-adapted in a way that notifies Israelis of rocket attacks.

    The report by Casey Johnston states:

    An app that became infamous for its astounding lack of utility has found a purpose: warning Israeli citizens about rocket strikes. As reported by the Times of Israel (via Valleywag), Israelis have been using the app Yo to subscribe to alerts from Red Alert: Israel about incoming attacks during the Hamas-Israel conflict.

    Yo was roundly mocked when it secured $1.2 million in funding and again when it was shown to have gaping security holes. It does almost nothing; tapping a contact's name within the app sends a push notification to that person's phone and makes it say "yo." That's... it.

    Now Yo has partnered with Red Alert: Israel, an app that shows users "where the rockets fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists are aimed," according to the Times of Israel. Red Alert: Israel's app sounds an alarm during attacks, and it's meant to work as a backup for the sirens that sound to alert residents. Users who so choose can now receive a "yo" when rockets have been launched.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 13:42

  • Live from Japan, a protest for Palestine

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    01:32pm

    Here's a live stream of a protest brewing in Japan where the participants are demanding that their government not to sell arms to Israel.

    They are chanting, "Palestine, shuhada" at the moment.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 13:32

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  • Protest called for Palestine in London

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    01:25pm

    A protest in London across the Israeli embassy is being organized by a variety of anti-war organizations.

    Here's a tweet about it:

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 13:25

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  • Meanwhile, in the occupied West Bank

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    01:15pm

    Little coverage is happening on events in the West Bank. It seems that only Palestinian news agencies are actively covering the situation there.

    According to Ma'an:

    Nine youths were injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers near Rachel's Tomb [in Bethlehem] overnight Thursday.

    Tariq Jawarish, 22, was hit in the foot with live fire and nine Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation.

    Two youths were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets.

    Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, and skunk water at a march protesting Israel's ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip, which has killed over 90 Palestinians.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 13:15

  • Turkish PM Erdogan: First stop this oppression, normalization after

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    01:12pm

    Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, always keen to make a mark in the international political scene, warned yesterday that ties with Israel would not return to normal unless it ended its aggression on Gaza.

    "You will first stop this oppression. If not, it is not possible to realize normalization between Turkey and Israel," Erdogan said in the central Anatolian city of Yozgat after a dinner breaking the daily Ramadan fast.

    Ties between the two countries went sour in May 2010 after the Mavi Marama incident, in which a flotilla of six civilian boats coming in from Turkey set off to break the blockade on Gaza and deliver medicine, food, and other needed goods to the people of Gaza.

    Israeli forces attacked the ships in international waters, resulting in 10 activists on the boat dead after being shot -- some execution style.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 13:12

  • Rafah crossing, sealed once more

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    12:53pm

    It seems that the Egyptian interior ministry has ordered the closing of the Rafah crossing. The crossing is the only exit and entrance into Egypt from Gaza, and was temporarily open for emergency cases yesterday.

    Egypt has been working with Israel for the past seven years to ensure that the tight blockade on Gaza is maintained.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:53

  • A tweet mocking ABC News

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  • Haaretz: Washington trying to prevent ground invasion

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    12:39pm

    According to the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, quoting American senior officials, the Obama administration has been trying to hold off an Israeli ground invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip as much as it can.

    The report notes:

    Over the past two days, Kerry has held three telephone conversations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and additional conversations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the foreign minister of Qatar, the country where the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Meshal, currently lives.

    In addition, U.S. President Barack Obama’s top aide for Middle Eastern affairs, Philip Gordon, held meetings on Wednesday with senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem and with Abbas in Ramallah to discuss a cease-fire. So far, however, neither Kerry’s phone calls nor Gordon’s meetings have produced a formula for a truce.

    Senior American officials said the message both Kerry and Gordon had delivered to Israel was that it should try to achieve its goal – a cessation of the rocket fire – by diplomacy rather than a ground operation.

    However, the International Business Times has a detailed report about an imminent ground attack by Israel.

    In particular, the report noted:

    On Thursday, the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem also reportedly sent out an email to U.S. citizens in Gaza preparing a voluntary evacuate. All U.S. citizens have until Friday morning to request departure from Gaza; they are allowed to bring immediate family members only.

    Email message from US Consulate Jerusalem to US citizens who want to leave Gaza.This wasn't done in 2012 war #Gaza pic.twitter.com/BrkheTAUdi

    — OccPal-Gaza Version (@OccPalGaza) July 10, 2014

    President Obama told Prime Minister Netanyahu that he condemns the bombings of Israel by Hamas and that the U.S supports Israel's right to self defense, said U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, according to CNN. Shapiro wouldn't directly answer whether Obama asked Israel to not begin an invasion.

    Shapiro said the U.S. supports the effort to stop rocket attacks against Israel. "Hamas needs to end its rocket fire; that will allow de-escalation," he said. Kerry is reaching out to regional leaders, Shapiro added.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:39

  • Terrifying Tweets of the pre-Israeli military teens

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    12:27pm

    David Sheen has complied a collection of tweets by young Israelis calling for the decimation of Arabs.

    He writes:

    On Thursday, July 10, I entered the Hebrew word for "Arabs", ARAVIM, into Twitter and searched for uses of the word over the previous few hours. What I found was young Israelis proclaiming their desire for all Arabs to die and in some cases be tortured to death.

    And:

    Some of these calls for genocide were from young men, but a majority of them seemed to be authored by young women. I began to tweet out translations into English of their words, including their Twitter profile pictures and links to their original tweets.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:27

  • Lebanon, Hezbollah, and Gaza

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    12:12pm

    Earlier today, three rockets were launched from Lebanon into northern occupied Palestine by unknown parties. Already one person has been detained by the Lebanese army.

    It's worth bring up the question of the possibility of Lebanese resistance groups getting involved in the fight against Israel.

    Here is an opinion piece by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, written back in January 2009 when Israel launched an attack on Gaza. Saad-Ghorayeb tackles the question of the possibility of Hezbollah's intervention then.

    She wrote:

    Armed action by Hizballah would not only hurt the movement but would also harm Hamas whose status as a nationalist resistance movement, capable of defending its own people, would be greatly undermined and its raison d’etre called into question. Furthermore, since Hamas has thus far managed to withstand the Israeli onslaught on its own without suffering any significant damage to its organizational hierarchy or military infrastructure, Hizballah does not regard an intervention on its part as an exigent need.

    The preconditions for Hizballah’s active engagement in the conflict are two. First, if Hamas is left bleeding to death on the battlefield, either due to the decapitation of its leadership ranks or if its military infrastructure suffers a significant blow, drastically impairing its military performance and leading to its eventual collapse, Hizballah would likely step in. Second, if the organization is forced to accept a conditional ceasefire along the lines of the current French-Egyptian proposal that meets all of Israel’s key demands while weakening Hamas militarily and politically, Hizballah would feel compelled to come to its rescue.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:12

  • The Gaza Ark

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    11:59am

    If you see the main picture that is part of this blog today, you'll see the smoldering ruin of the Gaza Ark.

    For a bit of history of the Gaza Ark, here's an Al-Akhbar report about how Israel was accused of blowing part of it up in April.

    Here's some parts from that report:

    Palestinian laborers and foreign activists have been working for more than a year to fit out the boat to carry goods and more than 100 passengers in the latest high-profile attempt to challenge Israel's maritime lockdown on the tiny territory.

    If successful, it would be the first time goods from Gaza have been exported by sea since the signing of the 1994 Oslo accords.

    Under its current restrictions, Israel does not allow Gaza fishermen to venture more than six nautical miles from shore, and its naval patrol boats have been known to fire on those who stray beyond.

    "Gaza's Ark and all our partners in the Freedom Flotilla Coalition are considering our next move in response to this cowardly act of terrorism," said steering committee member David Heap.

    It seems that the Israelis were finally successful.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:59

  • Hit, Hit Tel Aviv

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    11:49am

    A song called, "Hit, hit Tel Aviv" has been circulating social media. This is being dubbed as Part Two. The first version of the song appeared back in 2012, in Israel's last brutal attack on Gaza.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:49

  • Save the Children: Equalizing violence

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    11:46am

    A very peculiar press release by the NGO Save the Children, especially how it equalizes the suffering and fear on both sides.

    It should be noted that so far 98 Palestinians have died, over 20 are children. Israel has zero casualties.

    Here it is in full:

    The spiralling violence in Gaza and southern Israel has to stop now before more innocent children and civilians lose their lives, Save the Children warns.

    Families we talked to on the ground told us how their children are terrified, with no safe places to go to for refuge, as bombs kept falling on Gaza in the Israeli operation.

    Children and families in Israel are also living in fear as rockets fall down indiscriminately from Gaza.

    “Children are the ones who always, inevitably, bear the worst consequences of any armed conflict," said Save the Children's Co-Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territory, David Hassell. "The use of explosive weapons in populated areas kills children and destroys vital infrastructure. International law is clear that indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. Israeli and Palestinian children have the right to be freed of the fear of living constantly under fire.”

    Save the Children is concerned that essential supplies of food, medicine and fuel are running out in the blockaded enclave, which already in "normal times" over the last seven years has witnessed peaks of scarcity affecting the entire population.

    "The solution to this conflict is only diplomatic," David Hassell said. "Save the Children calls on all parties to stop the violence, re-establish a ceasefire and agree to long-term measures that would allow innocent civilians on both sides to live without the fear for survival that has been dominating their lives for far too long."

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:46

  • Live blog commences

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    11:41am

    Day three of the live coverage begins as Israel continues to pound the besieged Gaza strip for the fourth day.

    Kicking off the blog is the on-the-air apology of ABC News Diane Sawyer, who mistakenly labeled a report on Tuesday about dead Palestinian with Israelis.

    Here's the short apology:

    Now a note on Tuesday evening we made a mistake. And I want to put up these pictures again because Jordan introduction to a story on the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. I don't -- identified these powerful images the people in these photos are Palestinians.

    Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:41

  • Closing for today

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    08:35pm

    We're closing the live coverage of supplementary material, news analysis, and other information surrounding the latest Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.

    We'll back tomorrow to continue our work.

    We hope that the Palestinians in Gaza, and the rest of Palestine, are safe and well during this difficult period of time.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 20:35

  • #TurkeyprayingforGazze

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    08:25pm

    The hashtag #TurkeyprayingforGazze is currently trending worldwide quite quickly on Twitter.

    Here's a few of those tweets:

    Another twitter user noted that similar hashtags are popping up in other countries:

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 20:25

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  • Russia Today: Why Doesn't the Media Care About Dead Palestinians?

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    08:10pm

    Russia Today's Abby Martin makes dramatic remarks about the latest violence in Palestine, including Israeli airstrikes on civilian targets in Gaza.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 20:10

  • World Cup fans killed as Israel bombs a Gaza cafe

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    07:59pm

    AFP journalist John Davison reports on how a group of World Cup watchers were decimated by an Israeli strike on the cafe they were gathered at.

    The description of the attack and aftermath is heart wrenching:

    The cafe’s multicoloured sign is still standing, somewhat crookedly, as colourful bunting and canvas windbreakers lay strewn on the floor, torn down by the force of the blast.

    The Israeli missile scattered the dead and wounded across the beach, and made a hole so deep that seawater filled it up from underground after impact.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 19:59

  • Just how small is Gaza?

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  • Asia Times: How Israel turned tragedy into opportunity

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    07:31pm

    Justin Schwegel, former Peace Corps educator and recent graduate as a Global Law Scholar from Georgetown University Law Center, wrote an insightful analysis of how Israel twisted and milked the murder of three Israeli settler teens for the goal of war.

    He wrote:

    Throughout Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's two-and-a-half week grandstanding,he knew the settlers were dead. There were gunshots on the emergency call, and an Arab voice saying they had killed three. Their blood was found in a vehicle riddled with bullet holes. Israel had already arrested those who had done it in Hebron just days after it happened and quite possibly knew where the bodies were buried. Due to a press gag order, none of this was made public until 18 days later when the bodies were "discovered". The Israeli government lied to both the Israeli people and international observers and disrespected the memory of those killed by turning a tragedy into a political opportunity.

    If it was important enough for the Israeli government to lie about the events surrounding the tragedy, it is certainly important enough to ask why. There are three key reasons why the Israeli government played politics by lying about the nature of this tragedy. First, international public opinion of Israel is at a record low. Second, continued reporting on a kidnapping and search and rescue mission created political cover for the Israeli Military to move against Hamas members and other political dissidents in the West Bank. Finally, the systematic oppression of Palestinians and the confiscation of their land and resources is only possible where Israeli suffering is highlighted and Palestinian suffering is downplayed to create the illusion of parity.

    Read the rest here.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 19:31

  • IMEU: Escalating Crisis in Gaza & The Beating of U.S. Citizen Tariq Khdeir

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    07:14pm

    The Institute for Middle East Understanding, a US-based organizations supporting journalists and academics access information on Palestine and the Palestinians, uploaded a radio discussion about what is happening.

    The talk was moderated by Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center in Washington, DC.

    It included participants like Mustafa Barghouthi, a member of the PLO’s Central Council, and Defense for Children International (DCI)official Brad Parker speaking and taking in questions from journalists and others.


    Discover News Internet Radio with IMEU on BlogTalkRadio

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 19:14

  • A call to criminalizing UK citizens going to fight for Israel

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    07:06pm

    UK Channel 4 news brought up a point yesterday on its blog by Patrick Worrall that's worth discussion.

    Worrall wrote:

    Farooq Siddiqui, formerly of the Prevent programme, is calling for the UK to stop criminalising young Muslims who travel to Syria to fight against Bashar al-Assad.

    Security service estimates suggest around 500 Britons have travelled to Syria to take part in the civil war.

    Mr Siddiqui asked why the government has threatened to arrest British Muslims who return from Syria while it allows young people to fight for Israel and other countries with impunity.

    “If we’re talking about stopping people, Muslims, stopping them from going over to other countries and fighting, why are we not doing that as a blanket for stopping anyone that goes over abroad to fight in other countries?”

    Is Mr Siddiqui right to say that young Brits are fighting for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while the Israelis are engaged in controversial strikes against Palestinian targets following the murder of three Jewish teenagers?

    He added:

    The numbers of volunteers from the UK are small but significant: the IDF told Channel 4 News there are “around one hundred Brits currently serving” in its ranks.

    There is a even a support group for British parents of IDF soldiers called Mahal Mums.

    We’re not aware of anyone questioning the legality of this arrangement.

    In terms of what laws are in place in Britain, he noted:

    Unlike some other countries, Britain does not have an effective law prohibiting its citizens from fighting for foreign armies.

    There is an obscure piece of legislation still on the statute books – the Foreign Enlistment Act 1870 – which ostensibly makes it illegal for British citizens to join the armed forces of a country fighting a state at peace with Britain.

    But this proved to be embarrassingly ineffective when prosecutors attempted to stop British volunteers from fighting in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

    The lack of any practical ban on foreign enlistment leads to the slightly odd situation where a teenager can travel to Syria to fight for the brutal Assad regime with impunity, but if he sides with enemies of the regime he could face prosecution as a terrorist back in Britain.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 19:06

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  • Israel's Assault on Gaza: All about energy?

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    07:00pm

    An interesting thesis by Nafeez Ahmed for the British newspaper The Guardian.

    In the environment section of the website, Ahmed published an article called, "IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis" .

    He writes:

    Since the discovery of oil and gas in the Occupied Territories, resource competition has increasingly been at the heart of the conflict, motivated largely by Israel's increasing domestic energy woes.

    Mark Turner, founder of the Research Journalism Initiative, reported that the siege of Gaza and ensuing military pressure was designed to "eliminate" Hamas as "a viable political entity in Gaza" to generate a "political climate" conducive to a gas deal. This involved rehabilitating the defeated Fatah as the dominant political player in the West Bank, and "leveraging political tensions between the two parties, arming forces loyal to Abbas and the selective resumption of financial aid."

    Ya'alon's comments in 2007 illustrate that the Israeli cabinet is not just concerned about Hamas – but concerned that if Palestinians develop their own gas resources, the resulting economic transformation could in turn fundamentally increase Palestinian clout.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 19:00

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  • OCHA: Targeting homes “main cause of civilian casualties”

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    05:56pm

    Electronic Intifada has recently published an article about Israel's systematic targeting of Palestinian homes.

    It notes a very recent situation report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), covering 7-9 July, the first three days of the current Israeli assault.

    OCHA states: “The targeting and destruction of residential properties in Gaza is the main cause of civilian casualties.”

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 17:56

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  • Sky News report: Heartbreaking Story Of Girl Who Lost Entire Family

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    05:46pm

    Sky News has a video report about four-year-old girl who was injured in an Israeli airstrike. She's unconscious and does not know that her entire family was killed.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 17:46

  • UNSC meeting, live

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    05:40pm

    The United Nations Security Council is currently holding an emergency meeting in regards to what is happening in Palestine.

    You can watch the meeting, streamed live.

    The news so far is that both Israel and the US are trying to prevent the UNSC from condemning the attack on Gaza.

    Meanwhile, at the meeting, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon called the current assault on Gaza "one of the most critical tests the region has faced in recent years. ... We must try to restore not only calm today, but the vision of peace on the horizon for tomorrow."

    Ban called for a renewed commitment to a two-state solution and a peace agreement.

    On his part, Riyad Mansour, the permanent observer of Palestine to the United Nations, said:

    This illegal, inhumane Israeli occupation is unjustifiable under any context... it is an occupation including armed forces and terrorist settlers that intentionally perpetrates the murder, burning and maiming of children...

    Its racist aggressive expansionist agenda and lack of respect for Palestinian life... and yet, absurdly and offensively, the Israeli government... claims to have the most moral army, quote unquote, in the world. ...

    I come before the security council to say, enough of the bloodshed of the Palestinian people.... enough of this violence and enough of this conflict.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 17:40

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  • Israeli army 'mistakes'

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    05:35pm

    Haaretz, the allegedly left-leaning Israeli newspaper, has a report about the killing of eight members of the Kaware family on Tuesday. They were killed in their homes after a bomb was dropped by the Israeli air force, many of the dead were children.

    It states:

    The IDF says the home was the residence of Odeh Kaware, Hamas’ Khan Yunis company commander, and served as his headquarters. According to the preliminary investigation, after Israeli security forces informed family members by phone that the house was going to be bombed, they left the house. Then, in what the IAF calls “the knock on the roof,” a small missile, without an explosive warhead, was fired onto the building’s roof in order to underline the seriousness of the warning.

    Apparently the family members began returning to the house just as the larger missile, meant to destroy the home, was fired. “There was nothing to be done, the munition was in the air and could not be diverted,” a senior air force officer said. “Although you see [the family members] running back into the house, there was no way to divert the missile,” he said.

    The report also notes that despite the deaths to civilians, the Israeli army will "continue to bomb the homes of senior Hamas operatives, adding that even though the IAF realizes that sometimes residents of a targeted building try to prevent the bombings by standing on the roof as human shields, “We will take down those houses.”"

    Along the same vein, Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet) reports a security official saying that Head of Hamas' rocket arsenal not killed in IDF assassination attempt, and rather it was a "mistaken identification." No clarification if the "mistaken identification" meant a civilian was killed. Wouldn't have been the first time.

    One can point to a classic example in 2006, during Israel's war on Lebanon, in which Israeli special forces kidnapped a poor Lebanese farmer because his name was Hassan Nasrallah.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 17:35

  • Another Arabic political cartoon circling on social media

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    05:18pm

    Here's another political cartoon that is being widely circled among Arab social media users on Twitter and Facebook. Like the last one, the origin of this cartoon is unknown.

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    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 17:18

  • The Syrian Revolutionary Left Movement on Gaza

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    05:14pm

    The Syrian Revolutionary Left Movement, a little known organization that is opposed to the Bashar government, has released a press release in Arabic regarding the events in Gaza.

    The following is a rough translation of the first two paragraphs:

    Once again, the Zionist state wages a savage war against the Palestinian people, especially in Gaza, which has been exposed to bombing for the last few days, and in other areas where Palestinians are exposed to repression and arbitrary arrests.

    Again, not a finger or condemnation rises from the regimes of the ruling classes in [Arab] countries to condemn these atrocities committed by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian people. And why would there be a response when these are regimes that surrender under imperialist interests. They have indeed proven for decades that they ally themselves with the Zionist state, their peoples' worst enemy.

    And the concluding paragraphs:

    The only real solution to the Palestinian issue is through the destruction of the Zionist state which is based on colonization, occupation and apartheid, which, despite its claims, did not bring a safe and peaceful world even to the Jews. And on its ruins, a democratic, socialist, and secular state must be established on the entirety of the Palestinian territories, including Arabs and Jews without any kind of distinction between citizens while also ensuring the right of return to Palestinian refugees in Gaza, Occupied Palestinian Territories or all over the world.

    Therefore, the liberation of Palestine rests upon the triumph of revolutions across countries of the region, which not only include Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon but also Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Gulf states and Iran.

    We stand firmly with the resistance and the struggle of the Palestinian people in order to restore its complete rights and territories as we stand with the struggle of our [Syrian] people to restore the Golan Heights and its national sovereignty as well as confront the imperialist interventions of the East and West.

    Our struggle is one, as call for the triumph of popular revolutions in our countries for freedom, equality and social justice.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 17:14

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  • Elliot Abrams firmly blames Hamas

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    04:56pm

    Elliot Abrams, former American diplomat and staunch ally for the Zionist state, whipped out a piece for the right-wing Council of Foreign Affairs magazine.

    From the headline to the conclusion, the article is a stellar work of recycling the Israeli position.

    Here's a peek:

    When increased levels of rocket fire began about a week ago, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu responded with restraint. He sent clear messages to Hamas in public statements, and via Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt, that he wanted no war, and no incursion into Gaza; if the rocket attacks ended, this confrontation would be over.

    But Hamas chose to increase the pace of firing, guaranteeing an Israeli response.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:56

  • Chinese Foreign Ministry urges immediate ceasefire

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    04:49pm

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry released a partial transcript of spokesperson Hong Lei's press briefing yesterday.

    The following are his comments that are relevant to the Israeli attack on Gaza:

    Q: Over the last two days, Israeli military has launched a new round of operations, assaulting at least 50 targets in the Gaza strip, killing 27 people and injuring about 100. Hamas fired more than 100 rockets to southern Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and other places. The Israeli Cabinet has approved the call-up of 40,000 reserve troops. What is China's comment on the escalation of Palestine-Israel conflict?

    A: China is deeply concerned about the continued escalation of Palestine-Israel conflict. We believe that to resort to force and to counter violence with violence will not help resolve problems other than pile up more hatred. We urge relevant parties to bear in mind the broader picture of peace and the lives of the people, immediately realize a ceasefire, stick to the strategic choice of peace talks and strive for an early resumption of talks.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:49

  • South African National Congress condemns Israeli attack

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    04:35pm

    The main South African political organization, the African National Congress (ANC), released a press statement harshly condemning the Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.

    Here's a paragraph or two from the statement:

    The African National Congress (ANC),condemns in the strongest terms, the barbaric attacks on the defenceless Palestinian people of Gaza. Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza strip have resulted in the deaths of over 27 Palestinians, at least 6 of them children. The Israeli attacks have further resulted in injuring over 200 Palestinians and traumatising thousands of others.

    As we move towards the month of August and are reminded of he atrocities of Nazi Germany, surely we must ask the people of Israel has the term "lest we forget" lost it meaning.

    The state of Israel has turned the occupied territories of Palestine into permanent death camps. Of course the killing of any child irrespective of race color or creed must be condemned and the death of two Israeli young people is surely as senseless as any other death. But for the State of Israel, the notion of an eye for an eye has become perpetual massacre with merciless revenge which has lasted for more than 60 years. It is time to stop the killing now.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:35

  • Israeli violations of November 2012 ceasefire

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    04:22pm

    The Jerusalem Fund has a timeline outlining the Israeli military's violations of a ceasefire with Hamas since November 2012 until July 2014.

    In a nut shell, it's a lot and started just a day after the ceasefire was signed on November 21.

    Here's the link: Israeli Ceasefire Violations in Gaza and World Silence

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:22

  • Video: The moment an Israeli bomb strikes a home

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    04:16pm

    Belal - Gaza, a twitter user shares a video of when his friend's house was targeted by an Israeli air strike today. Horrifying.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:16

  • Statements of condemnation from more Arab governments

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    04:09pm

    The Kuwait News Agency reports that more Arab officials have publicly condemned the Israeli attack on Gaza, albeit after two days of silence since it started.

    The report states:

    In Abu-Dhabi the UAE Foreign Ministry strongly denounced the Israeli military offensive and the repeated aggressions on the Palestinian people in the occupied territories.
    "The UAE condemns in the strongest terms the recent series of air raids launched by the Israeli occupation authorities on Gaza Strip which claimed large numbers of casualties among the Palestinian people," a statement by the Ministry said. "The UAE reaffirms rejection of all forms of violence, including the measures of collective punishment, which result in loss of civilian lives," it added.
    On his part, Tunisian Interim President Moncef Marzouki renewed full solidarity with the Palestinian people in their current ordeal due to the Israeli aggression.
    In a phone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Marzouki mulled ways for lobbying for an urgent measures by regional and international key players to stop "the brutal Israeli aggression," according to a Tunisian presidential statement.

    In addition, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry released a statement on their FB page harshly condemning the attack.

    Here is a rough translation of the statement:

    Tunisia strongly condemns the grave Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in a number of deaths and injuries among Palestinian civilians. Tunisia renews her stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and we call on the international community and the UN Security Council to assume their responsibilities and exact an urgent intervention to get the Israeli government to immediately cease these unexplained attacks, which aim to further destroy the Palestinian people's scarce resources and threaten to put the entire region once again on the brink of implosion.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:09

  • How Israelis are coping

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    03:59pm

    Haaretz has two articles in regards to how Israeli civilians are dealing with the rocket attacks sent by Palestinian resistance groups in retaliation to Israel's latest brutal assault.

    The first is a blog post by Allison Kaplan Sommer in regards to the FB page of how Israelis are taking 'selfies' in bomb shelters, and other forms of levity.

    Sommer writes:

    She was inspired by the many “Selfie Challenge” sites across the web. “There’s a selfie for everything so I figured why not bomb shelters?” In addition, she said, it was a way of “showing the world that we weren’t letting this get to us.” At first, she recalls “I wanted to call it ‘Bomb Shelter Bombshells’” - but her husband told her it was over the top.

    Meanwhile, in another article titled, Millennials getting wet and wild in Tel Aviv while Jerusalem burns, Asher Schechter writes:

    While this was going on, thousands of Israeli youths were gathering at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square, armed with water guns and overflowing buckets. No, they weren't planning some convoy to Jerusalem to douse the fires. Much like their Palestinian compatriots, these teens were going to war alright, but theirs was a different war.

    It was Tel Aviv’s tenth annual “Water War”, to be exact.

    All through that afternoon, as Palestinian youths clashed with police following the gruesome murder of a 16-year-old boy that itself followed the gruesome murders of the three kidnapped Israelis teens, as rockets and mortar shells continued to batter Israel’s southern towns, as the whole country teetered on the brink of spontaneous combustion - Jewish girls and boys in bikinis and shorts were throwing, firing and otherwise bombarding each other with gallons of water.

    The Tel Aviv “water war” takes place each year in the summer, and always involves loud music and great fun. Usually, though, it doesn’t happen when the whole Middle East is burning.

    It should be noted that Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza are dealing with a water crisis, due to restrictions placed by Israel on access to clean water as well as attacks by the Israeli military on water supply lines and stations.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 15:59

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  • A political cartoon

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    03:44pm

    The following cartoon is being passed around the social media scene, apt description of the arguments. Origin is unknown.

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    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 15:44

  • Comic Strip

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    03:39pm

    An American Jewish online and print magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward published on July 8 a sharp, satirical comic strip by cartoonist Eli Valley that criticizes the position of American Jews in regards to wholeheartedly supporting Israel.

    The strip, "Our Hope Is Not Yet Lost," is a pretty good summation of this convoluted position.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 15:39

  • On international law and Israel

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    03:20pm

    Two years old, and still very relevant today, Noura Erakat's article for Jadaliyya in regards to what international law says about Israel's violations.

    She wrote:

    Since the beginning of its occupation in 1967, Israel has rebuffed the applicability of international humanitarian law to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Despite imposing military rule over the West Bank and Gaza, Israel denied the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (the cornerstone of Occupation Law). Israel argued because the territories neither constituted a sovereign state nor were sovereign territories of the displaced states at the time of conquest, that it simply administered the territories and did not occupy them within the meaning of international law. The UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice, the UN General Assembly, as well as the Israeli High Court of Justice have roundly rejected the Israeli government’s position. Significantly, the HCJ recognizes the entirety of the Hague Regulations and provisions of the 1949 Geneva Conventions that pertain to military occupation as customary international law.

    Israel’s refusal to recognize the occupied status of the territory, bolstered by the US’ resilient and intransigent opposition to international accountability within the UN Security Council, has resulted in the condition that exists today: prolonged military occupation.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 15:20

  • Al-Qassam Brigades denies Israel assassinated Ayman Siam

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    03:10pm

    Al-Qassam Brigades denied allegations made by the Israeli air force of the demise of “[artillery] leader Ayman Siam,” who is “at the top of his [jihadi duties].” The Brigades also urged media outlets to remain cautious of the “lack of accuracy of news from the occupying forces.”

    In addition, the resistance group also announced that they had launched three mortars on the Israeli Re’im military base, in the Eshkol settlements..

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 15:10

  • List of names of dead Palestinians updated

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    02:51pm

    Our list of names of Palestinians who have died from the latest brutal attack by Israel has been updated.

    They are:

    Tuesday, July 8:
    1. Mohammed Sha’aban, 24, was killed in a bombing of his car in Gaza City.
    2. Ahmad Sha’aban, 30, died in the same bombing.
    3. Khadir al-Bashiliki, 45, died in the same bombing.
    4. Rashad Yaseen, 27, was killed in a bombing of the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.
    5. Riad Mohammed Kawareh, 50, was killed in a bombing of his family’s home in Khan Younis.
    6. Seraj Ayad Abed al-A’al, 8, was wounded in the same bombing and succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday evening.
    7. Mohammed Ayman Ashour, 15, died in the same bombing.
    8. Bakr Mohammed Joudah, 22, died in the same bombing.
    9. Ammar Mohammed Joudah, 26, died in the same bombing.
    10. Hussein Yousef Kawareh, 13, died in the same bombing.
    11. Mohammed Ibrahim Kawareh, 50, died in the same bombing.
    12. Bassim Salim Kawareh, 10, died in the same bombing.
    13. Mousa Habib, 16, from Gaza City’s al-Shujaiyah neighborhood, was killed along with his 22-year old cousin while the pair were riding a motorcycle.
    14. Mohammed Habib, 22, was killed with Mousa Habib.
    15. Sakr Aysh al-Ajouri, 22, was killed in an attack on Jabaliyah, in northern Gaza.
    16. Ahmad Na’el Mehdi, 16, from Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, was killed in a bombing that wounded two of his friends.
    17. Hafiz Mohammed Hamad, 30, an Islamic Jihad commander, was killed in the bombing of his home in Beit Hanoun, along with five of his family members.
    18. Ibrahim Mohammed Hamad, 26, died in the same bombing.
    19. Mehdi Mohammed Hamad, 46, died in the same bombing.
    20. Fawzia Khalil Hamad, 62, died in the same bombing.
    21. Dunia Mehdi Hamad, 16, died in the same bombing.
    22. Suha Hamad, 25, died in the same bombing.
    23. Suleiman Salman Abu Soaween, 22

    Wednesday, July 9:
    24. Abdelhadi Jamaat al-Sufi, 24, was killed in a bombing near the Rafah crossing.
    25. Naifeh Farjallah, 80, was killed in an airstrike on the town of Moghraqa, southwest of Gaza City.
    26. Abdelnasser Abu Kweek, 60, was killed in the bombing of Gaza’s central governorate along with his son.
    27. Khaled Abu Kweek, 31, Abdelnasser Abu Kweek’s son, was killed in the same bombing.
    28. Amir Areef, 13, died in a bombing in Sha’af.
    29. Mohammed Malkiyeh, one and a half years old, died in a bombing along with his mother and a young man.
    30. Amniyeh Malkiyeh, 27, Mohammed Malkiyeh’s mother, died in the same bombing.
    31. Hatem Abu Salem, 28, died in the same bombing.
    32. Mohammed Khaled al-Nimri, 22
    33. Sahar Hamdan, 40, died in the bombing of her home in Beit Hanoun.
    34. Ibrahim Masri, 14, Sahar Hamdan’s son, was killed in the same bombing.
    35. Sumoud al-Nawasra, a mother, was killed in a bombing along with her two children.
    36. Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra, 4, arrived at the hospital “in shreds.”
    37. Nidal Khalaf al-Nawasra, a child of unreported age, died along with Mohammed and Sumoud.
    38. Salah Awwad al-Nawasra, was killed in the same bombing. His body was found under the rubble of the house.
    39. Aisha Nijm
    40. Amal Youssef Abdel Ghafour
    41. Ranim Jawde Abdel Ghafour, a young girl
    42. Rashid al-Kafarneh, 30, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding was bombed.
    43. Ibrahim Daoud al-Balawi, 24
    44. Abdelrahman Jamal al-Zamli, 22
    45. Ibrahim Ahmad Abideen, 42
    46. Mustafa Abu Mar, 20
    47. Khalid Abu Mar, 23
    48. Mazen Farj al-Jarbah, 30
    49. Marwan Slim, 27
    50. Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, was killed in a bombing in Beit Hanoun along with his son Ibrahim.
    51. Ibrahim Hamad, 20, was killed in the same bombing.
    52. Salima Hassan Musallim al-Arja, 60, was killed in a bombing in Rafah that wounded five others.
    53. Maryam Atieh Muhammad al-Arja, 11, was killed in the same bombing.
    54. Hamad Shahab, 27
    55. Ibrahim Khalil Qanun, 24, was killed in a bombing of Khan Younis.
    56. Muhammad Khalil Qanun, 26, was killed in the same attack.
    57. Hamdi Badieh Sawali, 33, was killed in the same attack.
    58. Ahmad Sawali, 28, was killed in the same attack.
    59. Suleiman al-Astal, 55
    60. Muhammad al-Aqqad, 24
    61. Ra'ed Shalat, 37, was killed in a bombing that wounded 6 others.

    Thursday, July 10:
    62. Asma Mahmoud al-Hajj was killed in a bombing in Khan Younis that killed eight members of the same family and wounded 16 other people.
    63. Basmah Abdelfattah al-Hajj, 57, was wounded in the bombing and succumbed to her injuries shortly afterwards.
    64. Mahmoud Lutfi al-Hajj, 58, died in the same bombing.
    65. Tarek Sa'ad al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
    66. Sa'ad Mahmoud al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
    67. Najla Mahmoud al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
    68. Fatima al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
    69. Omar al-Hajj died in the same bombing.
    70. Ahmad Salim al-Astal was killed in the bombing of a beach house in Khan Younis that critically wounded more than 15 people.
    71. Mousa Mohammed was killed in the same bombing. The two bodies were recovered four hours after the bombing.
    72. Ra'ed al-Zawareh, 33, succumbed to his wounds and died. The location of his death was unreported.
    73. Baha' Abu al-Leel, 35
    74. Salim Qandil, 27, was killed in a bombing.
    75. Omar al-Fyumi, 30, was killed in the same bombing.
    76. Abdullah Ramadan Abu Ghazzal, 5, was killed in a bombing in Beit Lahiya.
    77. Ismail Hassan Abu Jamah, 19, was killed in a bombing of Khan Younis that injured two children, one critically.
    78. Unknown
    79. Mahmoud Wulud was killed in a bombing of a civilian vehicle in northern Gaza. His remains were taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital in Jabaliya.
    80. Hazem Balousha was killed in the same bombing. His remains are at Kamal Adwan Hospital.
    81. Alaa Abdelnabi was killed in the same bombing. His remains are at Kamal Adwan Hospital.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:51

  • Advocate: A example of pink-washing Israel

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    02:41pm

    The following is an example of pink-washing Israeli crimes, written by James Duke Mason published by American LGBT magazine Advocate on July 9.

    The key parts:

    Regardless of what happened in 1948 and whether or not the Palestinians have any validity in their argument about state sovereignty, etc., the fact is that Israel is absolutely critical for our nation and for the security and stability of the Middle East. We cannot afford for Israel to be anything but strong and secure, and this is particularly true for the LGBT community here in America and around the world.

    And:

    Unless we want the Middle East to turn into an absolute free-for-all controlled by extremists who want to kill us and turn women into their slaves, then we need to do everything we can to protect Israel and stand in solidarity in any way we can. Not only is it in our interests, but Israel deserves it after all it has done for us.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:41

  • Symbolic protests and statements from Lebanon

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    02:35pm

    Palestinian refugees in the Baddawi and Nahr al-Bared camps staged a symbolic protests Thursday while Lebanese politicians from different blocs raced to condemn the Israeli assault on Gaza in a renewed wave of condemnations, state-media reported.

    Palestinians congregated in the Baddawi refugee camp in northern Lebanon for a large march, attended by representatives of popular committees for Palestine, in support of Palestinians trapped under the systematic assault of Israeli air raids and in condemnation of Arab silence.

    In Nahr al-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon which in 2007 had witnessed violent clashes between the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) and Fatah al-Islam militants, the Democratic Women’s Organization for Palestine staged a protest in solidarity with Palestinians resisting the assault in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and especially Gaza.

    Meanwhile, Lebanese politicians from different factions, including the Popular Front, the Lebanese Forces (LF), and the Akkari Popular Gathering, and syndicalist unions were quick to condemn the lack of an Arab response on the dire situation in Gaza.

    Former Baalbek-Hermel MP Ismail Sukkarieh denounced the regional Arab silence, saying in a statement carried by Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA): “Before anyone reminds me that Arab blood is flowing [in Syria and Iraq], let me remind you that Palestine remains ‘the one cause and destination’ and it cannot be introduced to the market of Arab slaughter.”

    LF, a political party belonging to the 14 March coalition, released a statement through its press office asking for immediate action of “both the Arab and international communities…. [to] put an end to what is happening as soon as possible, for the sake of innocent lives lost and still in peril, and in order to avoid the deterioration that might affect the entire region.”

    In the same vein, the Order of Engineers in Beirut denounced “Israel’s brutal practices against the unarmed Palestinian people while the whole world is watching and in scandalous violation to international laws and all holy messages.”

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:35

  • Netanyahu rules out cease-fire, "not even on the agenda"

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    02:32pm

    According to Haaretz:

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Thursday that a cease-fire with Hamas was not on the agenda.

    Netanyahu was asked a number of times whether the government had certain political goals and whether he was in contact with Egypt or other countries to try to bring about a cease-fire through diplomatic means, MKs said.

    "I am not talking to anybody about a cease-fire right now," Netanyahu told the committee. "It's not even on the agenda."

    At the same time, the Haaretz report noted that committee chairman Ze'ev Elkin proposed taking harsher steps against Gaza,"including cutting of water and electricity from Israel into the Strip."

    It noted that Netanyahu was against the move because, "legal advisers will not allow that."

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:32

  • UK PM Cameron offers "UK's support to Israel," no support for Palestinians

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    02:26pm

    Unsurprisingly, the UK prime minister has voiced his support to Israel. He speaks of the appalling attacks by Hamas - which hasn't caused any casualties - while not one word was offered for the Palestinian civilians.

    The following is the brief report by AP:

    David Cameron has offered the UK’s support to Israel in response to “appalling” attacks carried out by Hamas. The Prime Minister spoke to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who has warned that Hamas will pay a “heavy price” for the rocket attacks.

    The Israeli army has intensified its offensive on the Gaza Strip in an effort to hit Hamas targets, but militants continued to fire rocket salvos at Israeli cities.

    A No 10 spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister spoke to prime minister Netanyahu earlier this evening about the situation in Israel.

    “The Prime Minister strongly condemned the appalling attacks being carried out by Hamas against Israeli civilians. The Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s staunch support for Israel in the face of such attacks, and underlined Israel’s right to defend itself from them.”

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:26

  • ABC News apologizes for "mistakenly identified a family" as Israeli

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    02:21pm

    The ABC World News with Diane Sawyer has released an apology and a clarification on their FB page about the misinformed report (see post below).

    Here it is in full:

    ABC NEWS STATEMENT:
    On Tuesday night "World News" aired a report on the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, including attacks from both sides.
    In the introduction to the story, we mistakenly identified a family depicted in a still photo.
    They are Palestinian, not Israeli.
    We regret the error and will correct it.

    As one comment below the post asked, will they do this on air?

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:21

  • A list of twitter users in Gaza

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    02:14pm

    A very useful list for those who want more information on the ground in Gaza.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:14

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  • Palestinian man beaten by Israeli army near Hebron

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    02:01pm

    While eyes are peeled to events in Gaza, violence by the Israeli army in the West Bank is still continuing.

    Here is a report by the Palestinian Ma'an news agency about the beating of 22-year-old Islam Abu Rayya by Israeli soldiers.

    It notes:

    Witnesses said Islam Abu Rayya, 22, was walking on the main road between Beit Ummar and el-Arrub after finishing a night shift at a stone factory, when a group of Israeli soldiers patrolling the road assaulted him.

    Abu Rayya sustained bruising to his head, eyes, and ears and was treated by Red Crescent medics.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:01

  • Israeli court orders the release of three suspects in Abu Khudair's murder

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    01:52pm

    According to Haaretz:

    Three of the six Jews suspected of being involved in the kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Shoafat resident Mohammed Abu Khdeir last week will be released from custody today, the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court ruled Wednesday.

    The three are not suspected of the murder itself but of being part of the cell that committed it. The police and Shin Bet security service believe the murder was committed by the three main suspects – a 30-year-old man from a community near Jerusalem and two minors from the capital.

    Sources close to the investigation said the three main suspects confessed to the murder and reconstructed it.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 13:52

  • Netanyahu runs for cover

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    01:43pm

    According to the Israeli news site Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet), during one of the recent code red sirens heard in Tel Aviv as rockets from Palestinian resistance groups reached the city, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and various members of the Knesset joining him for a Security Cabinet meeting ran for cover in a protected shelter as soon as they heard the sirens.

    It should be noted that protective and bomb shelters are non-existent in Gaza. There isn't anywhere to run to for the people trapped there.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 13:43

  • Al-Qassam Brigades Twitter

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    01:23pm

    The al-Qassam Brigades - Hamas's military wing - have been heavily active on their twitter account. From announcing operations to mocking Israeli PM Netanyahu.

    Here are a selection of these tweets:

    al-Qassam Brigades, in a tweet, mock Israeli PM Netanyahu as rockets are launched at Tel Aviv: “#Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and members of the Knesset race to bomb shelters as warning sirens sound in Israel and the launch of #Qassam rockets directly on Tel Aviv”

    al-Qassam Brigades claim that there are “Zionist deaths and casualties” since the beginning of the assault two days ago, but the information has not been transmitted because of a gag order by the IDF, as “#Qassam rockets paralyse Israel.”

    BREAKING NEWS: al-Qassam Brigades launches an R160 rocket at #Haifa

    BREAKING NEWS: For the first time, al-Qassam Brigades target Rehovot and Bat Yam with 10 Sajil55 rockets

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 13:23

  • Gaza's medical crisis

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    01:09pm

    Amjad Yaghi, reporting for Al-Akhbar in Gaza, has a strong piece about the medical crisis brewing in the besieged Gaza strip even before this latest attack by Israel.

    Other than the fact that supplies have already been strained for a long time, they are being targeted by Israeli strikes:

    On the second day of this war, an Israeli plane targeted an ambulance belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent which was transferring victims from the city of Gaza, injuring an ambulance worker in his shoulder and abdomen. Yesterday night, the Red Crescent headquarters in the town of Jabalia was bombed and three paramedics were injured. An ambulance worker, Maamoun Atallah, says the north area where he works is targeted the most. He told Al-Akhbar: “Most of the time, the planes do not fire warning rockets as they do with houses, that is why they target paramedics directly and deliberately injure them.”

    Click here for the rest of the article.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 13:09

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  • ABC News: A case of blatant misinformation

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    01:01pm

    This is frankly incredible, and there will likely be no repercussion for this absolute failure in journalistic standards.

    ABC News’ Diane Sawyer misidentifies scenes of the aftermath of Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire.

    This video was uploaded on YouTube by the Palestine Center:

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 13:01

  • UNSC to the rescue?

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    12:47pm

    AFP reports that the United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas following a request by Arab envoys and UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

    Ban will provide the latest about the situation on the ground at the talks, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. (New York time) and will be followed by closed-door consultations between the council's 15 members.

    It is worth noting that there are 225 UNSC resolutions in relations to Israel and Palestine. Israel is in violation of most of these resolutions.

    Here is a list of the UNSC resolutions that was nicely complied on Wikipedia for the lazy.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:47

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  • US Department of State daily press briefing

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    12:39pm

    The daily press briefing of the US Department of State is a fascinating read in many ways. It's also infuriating.

    Here's snippets of a transcript from July 9:

    QUESTION: You also mentioned that Mr. Gordon – Phil Gordon said yesterday in a speech at the peace conference, he said that the current Israeli Government is not committed to peace. Those were his words. Do you agree?

    MS. PSAKI: Well, I think it’s been clear that both sides haven’t taken the – made the difficult choices needed to continue the peace process. And when there’s an absence of peace or a peace process, there’s a vacuum left that, at times, is filled by violence. So that’s the circumstance we’re looking at right now.

    QUESTION: But he didn’t say both sides. He said the current Israeli Government is not committed to peace, and he went on to say --

    MS. PSAKI: I’m not going to parse his words --

    QUESTION: -- and he went on to say --

    MS. PSAKI: -- but we’ve – let me finish. We’ve consistently said that both sides didn’t make the necessary choices needed to continue the process.

    QUESTION: Do --

    MS. PSAKI: I think we have one more for you and then we’ve got to move on.

    QUESTION: Okay. One more, I promise, yeah. And he also said that Israel continues to deny the Palestinians sovereignty, security, and dignity. Do you agree with that assessment?

    MS. PSAKI: I’m not going to parse his words. As you know, there are difficult issues with --

    QUESTION: But he --

    MS. PSAKI: -- let me finish, Said – with strong emotional feelings when it relates to these tough choices that need to be made around the peace process. Certainly, the Secretary, the President still believe, as is – as the President wrote in his op-ed, that that is the right path towards a stable and secure long-term Middle East. And that’s why we’re keeping the door open to a peace process in the future.

    QUESTION: But you agree Mr. Gordon --

    MS. PSAKI: I think we need to move on to other questions.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:39

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  • A tweet from Palestinian health ministry offical

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    12:30pm

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:30

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  • Rockets over Tel Aviv

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    12:26pm

    In the past few minutes, an al-Mayadeen correspondent reported that two rockets have struck Tel Aviv.

    Here is a very informative infographic created and released by the Jerusalem Fund in November 2012 that compares Palestinian rockets to the sophisticated Israeli weapons, as well as taking into account the casualties and deaths they cause.

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    They've also added this with the infographic:

    As this infographic shows, there is no room for a discussion on the “equal sides of the conflict,” when the reality is a first-world country, with all the trappings of a modern highly sophisticated weapons arsenal, launching devastating and brutal attacks against the most densely populated area in the world, where half its population is youth and 40 percent of its population lives below the poverty line.

    And where does this military might come from? Israel’s military arsenal is not due to the tax pressure on its citizens, but is largely funded by the United States. American citizens actually pay more money individually and overall to the Israeli military structure than Israeli citizens do. For more information on U.S. Military Aid to Israel, please see this video and transcript from a presentation led by Mr. Josh Ruebner, and this written report on its policy implications and options. Even Israel's classic "David v. Goliath" storyline pales when shown the actual size of their slingshot.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:26

  • Coverage of Day 3 begins

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    12:15pm

    Welcome back to our second day covering the latest Israeli attack on Gaza and the rest of Palestine.

    The bombardment of the tiny besieged Gaza Strip - one of the world's most densely populated piece of land - by Israel continued throughout the night and into the next day.

    The death toll is now marked at 78 Palestinians killed, most of which are civilians, children, women, and the elderly, and over 500 have been injured. We are updating the list of names of the dead, which can be seen here: The victims of Gaza: A list of Palestinians killed in Israel's ongoing assault

    According to al-Mayadeen Israel has dropped over 500 tonnes of explosives
    on Gaza this morning.

    Meanwhile, the Rafah crossing - which was sealed by the Egyptian military - is now open and the injured are allowed to leave Gaza. However, the Egyptian authorities will not allow Palestinians into Egypt unless for "humanitarian" cases or to treat injuries.

    Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:15

  • Coverage ends for today

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    07:15pm

    Al-Akhbar will end it's live coverage of events in Palestine at the moment.

    We will continue tomorrow. We wish safety and security for the people of Gaza, and the rest of Palestine, during this very difficult period.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 19:15

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  • Haaretz: Israel strikes more targets today than in 2012 war

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    06:59pm

    According to the Israeli news site, Ha'aretz, Israel has struck more "Hamas targets" than it had during Israel's brutal eight-day attack on the besieged Gaza Strip in 2012, a top Israel Air Force commander says.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 18:59

  • Hamas political chief: After all the crimes practiced by Netanyahu's government, the Palestinian resistance had no option but to respond

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    06:54pm

    Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal had just finished a speech about the latest Israeli assault on Gaza.

    The following is a rough, edited translation of the speech:

    This speech is first and foremost addressed to you, champions of al-Qassam. You will bring us victory, God willing.

    Our circumstances today are unorthodox, because calls have rained on us from the West and the East, telling us to exact restraint, to give in for a ceasefire as though the problem came from us, as though it started from Gaza.

    No, we’ve listened to [Netanyahu] justify Israel’s assault on Gaza and saw it being adopted by Western leaders, and we will not stand by it.

    Netanyahu committed massacres against our people and against us, he sought to divide Jerusalem, and called for his people to attack ours.

    When we declared a consensus government, Netanyahu started to tear at this government because he felt threatened.

    Netanyahu let our people in Gaza starve and crave water as the Holy month of Ramadan fell upon us.

    Netanyahu declared war on the consensus government and intensified arbitrary arrests. Our Palestinian people will not surrender, and it is because of [our people’s] anger--a blessed anger--that we will not stop. This unnerves Netanyahu.

    There is an Israeli offensive on Gaza, and the Qassam Brigades retaliated with a limited offensive. However, the enemy escalated as it killed the brave Qassam soldiers two days ago. And the enemy began its systematic house demolition strategy, destroying houses where families still lived in.

    Where is the international community, the UN Security Council?

    To those who ask for restraint, we tell them to retreat. We demand from them to pressure Netanyahu in retreating his army from our lands.

    Our people will not accept the desecration of our religious artifacts--Muslim and Christian-- nor will it accept being starved. The Palestinian people wants its freedom. Today, blame Netanyahu and his extremist government, he was the one who brought this upon you. Netanyahu will lead you from failure to failure.

    You’ve killed our people, so do not blame anyone [for our retaliation] but yourselves.

    You’ve cheated the world, but the world has grown sick of your crimes and it will no longer accept them.

    We will continue to fight for our land, and we will not stop God willing.

    We know Zionist army is better than us technologically, we know it is capable of crushing and killing our people and obliterating our land. Today we are at the precipice of a big battle, and we ask our people for patience and perseverance and faith. Your suffering is our suffering.

    The Resistance has sent an excellent message [to the Zionist entity], that we will not stand idle as our people are being murdered.

    I urge all factions to unite on the field so that we may purify Palestine [from the Zionist enemy]. I urge the Palestinian Authority, our brothers, to stand with their people as we stand together against the enemy. Every attack on Gaza gives allowance to the Palestinian people to another uprising.

    Rise as you did when you witnessed the brutal murder of Mohammed al-Dorra, and remember Mohammed Abou Khdair.

    We will not wait for anyone, God is with us, and we will be victorious.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 18:54

  • International Solidarity Movement: “This is our country, even if it’s just a country by name”

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    06:40pm

    A member of the International Solidarity Movement who is currently in Gaza has written a
    strong report about the sentiments of the Palestinians trapped there.

    Here's a peek:

    “This is our country,” she continued, “Even if it’s just a country by name. And remember,” she said without raising his voice, “that it was Israel that started, it’s them who want to break the reconciliation between Gaza and the West Bank, that’s why they’re doing this. But we cannot fight against Israel, nor the outside world can persuade Israel to stop the violence. We want peace. The situation is getting worse with each generation, how will it be for our children? They have no future. We must have peace otherwise it will be no future for them, but we also have to have our Palestine, and that Israel will never allow.”

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 18:40

  • Reuters: Egyptian soldiers wounded in expansion near Rafah

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    06:35pm

    According to Reuters, one Egyptian soldier and four others wounded in an explosion in the Egyptian town of Rafah, near the border with Gaza and Israel.

    Quoting unnamed security sources, Reuters also noted that they said the blast occurred after an armored tank drove over an explosive device.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 18:35

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  • LA Times: Another case of media distortion

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    06:29pm

    Here's another case of the convoluted coverage by Western media outlets in regards to events in Palestine, this time from the Los Angeles Times.

    In this latest report, titled Palestinian rockets reach farther into Israel, not one Palestinian or Arab was quoted. It is all sources tied with Israel.

    Balanced?

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 18:29

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  • More casualties reported by the Palestinian health ministry

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    06:09pm

    Palestinian health ministry official Ashraf al-Qudra recent tweeted a new update of the causalities, taking into account the number of dead and injured since Sunday:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 18:09

  • The art of dehumanization

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    06:06pm

    Chloe Benoist has a new piece out on Al-Akhbar examining the rhetoric of dehumanization by Israelis in order to justify this latest attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.

    She notes:

    Dehumanization of Palestinians and demonization of the Palestinian struggle are essential tools of the Israeli military machine in order to continue justifying expansive military action while maintaining its discourse of victimization.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 18:06

  • Abbas: Israel committing "genocide" in Gaza

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    06:03pm

    Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza during its military campaign which has so far killed 41 Palestinians, reported Agence France Press (AFP).

    "It's genocide -- the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people," he told a crisis meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 18:03

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  • Considering Context

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    05:57pm

    For more context on what's happening at the moment in Palestine, please check out Chloe Benoist's article for Al-Akhbar, Is Israel’s ongoing terror campaign punishment for Palestinian unity?, that was published on June 23.

    She wrote:

    The notion of Palestinian unity is a threat to Israel, and it will do anything in its power to weaken it. A unified Palestinian political front, having somewhat resolved its internal conflicts, could make a stronger claim for self-determination, a scenario that would further expose Israel’s unreasonable demands for "peace" and its divide and conquer strategies.

    Israel, therefore, uses any pretext to try to stifle Palestinian aspirations, attempting to reduce an entire population’s existence to a question of mere survival.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 17:57

  • Ed-in-chief of Israeli newspaper calls for bombing Gaza into "Stone Age"

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    05:43pm

    The editor-in-chief Amos Regev of Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom just released a chilling op-ed calling for returning Gaza into the "stone age".

    Here's a taste of a very troubling opinion:

    Instead of battalions or brigades, whole divisions must march shoulder to shoulder, moving forward like a steamroller, slowly but also very powerfully. Anyone familiar with military history knows how this method works. It has been used successfully in the past. Not on the "modern battlefield," but the battlefields of old. A massive concentration of force covering every meter of the front, rolling into Gaza, destroying all points of resistance, blowing up every tunnel and eliminating the entire terrorist arsenal there. After completing the mission, the force will pull out.

    Such an operation would enjoy the support of the Israeli public, including residents of the south, who have suffered enough, and residents of the center and the north, who are now being threatened by the long-range rockets of Hamas.

    The task assigned to our forces must be much more than "returning the quiet." The order must be to eliminate Hamas' ability to threaten us. And when our forces depart Gaza, they must leave Hamas, or what remains of it, back in the Stone Age.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 17:43

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  • Lebanese MP Sleiman Frangieh tweets in support of Palestine

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    05:27pm

    Lebanese member of parliament and head of the Marada Movement just tweeted his support for the Palestinians:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 17:27

  • Israel dropped 400 tonnes of bombs on Gaza

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    05:16pm

    According to the Middle East Monitor, quoting Israeli radio, the Israeli Air Force "has dropped approximately 400 tonnes of bombs and missiles on the Gaza Strip over the past two days."

    The report continues:

    Israeli radio quoted who they referred to as a "significant" figure, who could not be identified, as saying: "During the air force bombing of the Gaza Strip over the past two days, about 400 tonnes of bombs and missiles have been used, so increasing the level of destruction in the sector."

    The Israeli officer said: "The organisations in Gaza have a few hundred long-range missiles; some of them are hidden in places that cannot be targeted."

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 17:16

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  • AFP: Israeli PM ramps up assault

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    05:08pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Wednesday to ramp up an Israeli campaign against Gaza militants that has so far cost 43 Palestinian lives, AFP reported.

    "We have decided to further intensify the attacks on Hamas and the terror organisations in Gaza," his office quoted him as saying after consulting defence chiefs in southern Israel.

    "The army is prepared for any eventuality," he added.

    "Hamas will pay a heavy price for the firing of rockets at Israeli civilians. Security for the citizens of Israel is first and foremost."

    Wednesday was the second day of Israel's Operation Protective Edge.
    Israel warplanes have so far hit 550 targets in Gaza, and Hamas militants have responded with 165 rockets, some of which struck Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and as far away as Hadera, 116 kilometers to the north of the besieged coastal enclave.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 17:08

  • Al-Qassem Brigades: We dedicate our rockets to 1973 Egyptian troops

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    Hamas’ military wing the al-Qassam Brigades said Tuesday evening that they dedicated the missile attacks on Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem to the Egyptian soldiers who were killed in the October 1973 war, Ma'an news agency reported today.

    In a statement sent to the press, the group named the attack “Operation Ramadan the Tenth.”

    “Launching an R160 missile at Haifa reflects a qualitative development to the capacities of resistance, and is a source of pride for our people,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.

    The Israeli occupation, he added, must get the message, “otherwise greater things are yet to come” Ma'an reported.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 17:05

  • How Netanyahu provoked war

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    04:54pm

    In an article by the left-wing Israeli blog +972, Jerusalem Post columnist Larry Derfner writes:

    Netanyahu could have avoided the whole thing. He could have chosen not to shoot up the West Bank and Gaza and arrest dozens of previously freed Hamasniks (along with hundreds of other Palestinians) over what was very likely a rogue kidnapping. Before that, he could have chosen not to stonewall Abbas for nine months of peace negotiations, and then there wouldn’t have even been a unity government with Hamas that freaked him out so badly – a reaction that was, of course, Netanyahu’s choice as well.

    But Israel’s prime minister is and always has been at war with the Palestinians – diplomatically, militarily and every other way; against Abbas, Hamas and all the rest – and this is what has guided his actions, and this is what provoked Hamas into going to war against Israel.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:54

  • Israeli PM vows to "widen and continue" assault

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    04:47pm

    Right-wing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to further intensify attacks on Hamas, according to a tweet by Raphael Ahren, the diplomatic correspondent of the Times of Israel.

    Ahren quotes Netanyahu's office:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:47

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  • Video: Resistance rocket stikes Israeli military base

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    04:36pm

    A video has surfaced on social media and circled by various news sites purportedly showing the moment when a rocket that was launched by resistance groups in Gaza striking an Israeli military base.

    Update: The video's credibility is being disputed. It seems that this is from 2009.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:36

  • 11 Palestinians hurt in Ramallah

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    04:32pm

    Around 11 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah early Wednesday, locals told Ma'an news agency today.

    Witnesses said to the Palestinian news site that dozens of Palestinians set fire to an Israeli watchtower near the entrance to the Beit El settlement before Israeli forces shot at them with live fire and rubber-coated bullets.

    The report noted:

    "A young man was hit by a rubber-coated bullet in the eye, severely injuring him, locals said.

    Three others were shot by live bullets in their lower extremities and six were hit by rubber-coated bullets in the back and stomach.

    Additionally, witnesses said journalists and ambulance workers were hit by rubber-coated bullets and suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation."

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:32

  • Hamas criticizes Egypt on sealing Rafah crossing

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    04:25pm

    Officials from Hamas strongly criticized and condemned the Egyptian military and government for sealing off the Rafah crossing. The crossing is the only exit and entrance between Egypt and Gaza for Palestinians in the strip.

    The Hamas officials also pointed out that the Egyptians were allowing Israelis the ability to enter Egypt through Taba Border Crossing.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:25

  • Palestinian health ministry: 40 dead, over 350 injured

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    04:21pm

    Once again officials from the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza report a surge casualties. It is now marked at 40 dead, and over 350 injured.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:21

  • Future Movement calls for "immediate intervention of UN"

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    04:12pm

    Lebanon’s Future Movement, which belongs to the 14 March coalition, called for the immediate intervention of the United Nations (UN) “to put an end to the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.”

    It also asked the UN “to take a historic decision to secure international protection for the Palestinian people in all the occupied territories, instead of issuing statements that have long supported the criminality of the Israeli enemy and [its] settlement policies,” according to the the Lebanese national news agency.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:12

  • A comment from a Palestinian

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    04:07pm

    "Today, Israel had 2 injuries, 1 fell running to shelter, 1 hurt his foot, Palestinians have 27 dead - and you wrote your lede about Israel."

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:07

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  • Latest assault costs Israel $2.9 million so far

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    In a report by the Israeli news site Ynet, the Israel Tax Authority said Wednesday that the damage caused to property in southern Israel so far during tastelessly titled "Operation Protective Edge" is evaluated at $2.9 million.

    "Some 100 claims for compensations for damages to property from Gaza rocket fire have been filed to the property tax compensation fund, among them 35 suits for damages caused to vehicles, 52 suits for damages caused to structures and 12 suits for damages to agriculture. There was also reported damage caused to public infrastructure and electricity infrastructure," it said, adding, "But the real cost to the fighting will likely be in defense expenses. The security cabinet has voted to approve the enlistment of up to 40,000 reservists and at this stage, close to 15,000 have already been called up."

    The report noted that in comparison to the brutal and bloody attack on Lebanon in the summer of 2006 had cost Israel $3.26 billion in total, while the 2009 attack on Gaza cost the Zionist state $1.04 billion and the 2012 8-day attack was marked at $582 million.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 16:01

  • Al-Quds Brigade video

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    03:54pm

    A video from the al-Quds brigade was released allegedly showing the firing of a volley of rockets from a makeshift launcher in the besieged Gaza Strip.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:54

  • More Lebanese politicians and groups comment on Gaza

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    A slew of Lebanese political factions and popular figures raced to condemn the Israeli aggression on Gaza, and called for a united Arab front and position, state-media reported.

    Lebanon’s Fajr Movement condemned the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the West Bank in a statement that demanded the unity of Arabic and Islamic peoples in providing support to the resistance in Palestine.

    The statement, carried by the National News Agency (NNA), also read that “the Israeli enemy took advantage of the weakness of the official Arab order and its silence to launch its offensive on civilians while the Western power conspire with the Zionist entity.”

    The Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) released a joint statement, as well, praising the Palestinian people for “rising up to defend the nation as the Palestinian youth fights with their chests filled with faith, leading up to a new Palestinian ‘intifada’ which calls for a popular Arab unity that can only happen with an Arab awakening.”

    Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Sunni Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani called upon major international powers, “which are committed to Israel’s security,” to rein in the Jewish state’s aggression and prosecute its leader for its “heinous acts.”

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:50

  • Israel assault aimed to make 'zero rockets'

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    03:45pm

    Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett stated Wednesday that Operation Protective Edge would continue for as long as necessary - until the Israeli military has ensured a definitive end to rockets, the Israel national news site reported.

    "The IDF has been gearing up in recent days," Bennett said. "The Israeli Air Force, led by the Security Cabinet, has dealt a painful blow to Hamas - its tunnels, its headquarters, its ammunition depots, its terrorists and its commanders."

    The Jewish Home Chairman mentioned the elimination of Hamas leaders Ahmed Yassin, Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, and Ahmed Jabari, adding "I declare to the [remaining] Hamas terrorist commanders - we'll get to you as well."

    This is similar to the justification and goals stated by Israeli politicians and military last time they had attacked Gaza in 2012, 2008-9, and before.

    As before, the price is usual paid by the Palestinian civilians, and did not curb the stockpiles of various Palestinian resistance groups.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:45

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  • Gaza's health ministry: 43 Palestinian deaths, over 320 injuries since Sunday

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    03:39pm

    At least 43 Palestinians have been killed and over 320 have been injured by Israel since Sunday.

    This is in addition to at least 11 Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli military and Israeli citizens since the launch of the latest chapter of violence by Israel since mid-July.

    Prior to that time period, 22 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli security forces, 1,226 Palestinians were injured, and 629 were forcibly displaced since the start of 2014.

    According to statistics complied by the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, 593 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since January 2009 – when a major, bloody assault on Gaza ended – and seven Palestinians have been killed by Israeli citizens. Of the dead are 90 minors and 21 Palestinian women.

    In contrast, 10 Israeli security personnel and 29 Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinians since January 2009. Of the dead Israelis, six were minors and six were women.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:39

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  • The names of the dead

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    03:33pm

    Al-Akhbar has complied a list of names of Palestinians who have been killed so far. It will be updated as more information comes in.

    The following is what is available so far:

    Tuesday, July 8:

    1. Mohammed Sha’aban, 24, was killed in a bombing of his car in Gaza City.
    2. Ahmad Sha’aban, 30, died in the same bombing.
    3. Khadir al-Bashiliki, 45, died in the same bombing.
    4. Rashad Yaseen, 27, was killed in a bombing of the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.
    5. Riad Mohammed Kawareh, 50, was killed in a bombing of his family’s home in Khan Younis.
    6. Seraj Ayad Abed al-A’al, 8, was wounded in the same bombing and succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday evening.
    7. Mohammed Ayman Ashour, 15, died in the same bombing.
    8. Bakr Mohammed Joudah, 22, died in the same bombing.
    9. Ammar Mohammed Joudah, 26, died in the same bombing.
    10. Hussein Yousef Kawareh, 13, died in the same bombing.
    11. Mohammed Ibrahim Kawareh, 50, died in the same bombing.
    12. Bassim Salim Kawareh, 10, died in the same bombing.
    13. Mousa Habib, 16, from Gaza City’s al-Shujaiyah neighborhood, was killed along with his 22-year old cousin while the pair were riding a motorcycle.
    14. Mohammed Habib, 22, was killed with Mousa Habib.
    15. Sakr Aysh al-Ajouri, 22, was killed in an attack on Jabaliyah, in northern Gaza.
    16. Ahmad Na’el Mehdi, 16, from Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, was killed in a bombing that wounded two of his friends.
    17. Hafiz Mohammed Hamad, 30, an Islamic Jihad commander, was killed in the bombing of his home in Beit Hanoun, along with five of his family members.
    18. Ibrahim Mohammed Hamad, 26, died in the same bombing.
    19. Mehdi Mohammed Hamad, 46, died in the same bombing.
    20. Fawzia Khalil Hamad, 62, died in the same bombing.
    21. Dunia Mehdi Hamad, 16, died in the same bombing.
    22. Suha Hamad, 25, died in the same bombing.
    23. Suleiman Salman Abu Soaween, 22

    Wednesday, July 9:

    24. Abdelhadi Jamaat al-Sufi, 24, was killed in a bombing near the Rafah crossing.
    25. Naifeh Farjallah, 80, was killed in an airstrike on the town of Moghraqa, southwest of Gaza City.
    26. Abdelnasser Abu Kweek, 60, was killed in the bombing of Gaza’s central governorate along with his son.
    27. Khaled Abu Kweek, 31, Abdelnasser Abu Kweek’s son, was killed in the same bombing.
    28. Amir Areef, 13, died in a bombing in Sha’af.
    29. Mohammed Malkiyeh, one and a half years old, died in a bombing along with his mother and a young man.
    30. Amniyeh Malkiyeh, 27, Mohammed Malkiyeh’s mother, died in the same bombing.
    31. Hatem Abu Salem, 28, died in the same bombing.
    32. Mohammed Khaled al-Nimri, 22
    33. Sahar Hamdan, 40, died in the bombing of her home in Beit Hanoun.
    34. Ibrahim Masri, 14, Sahar Hamdan’s son, was killed in the same bombing.
    35. Unknown

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:33

  • Visualizing Palestine: Gaza water confined and contaminated

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    03:29pm

    A little context in terms of Gaza's water supply is in order.

    Here is an infographic by Visualizing Palestine released in August 2012 that sums up the issue very nicely.

    It is still relevant today:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:29

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  • Jordan calls for an end to Israeli assault

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    03:12pm

    Jordan, one of just two Arab countries to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, demanded Wednesday an immediate halt to deadly Israeli air raids against the Gaza Strip.

    Government spokesman Mohammad Momani said that the raids that killed more than 20 Palestinians in purported response to rocket fire that has killed no one in Israel were "barbaric".

    Jordan "condemns the military aggression that Israel has launched in the Gaza Strip" and calls for "its immediate halt," said Momani.

    He said the "barbaric aggression" had "negative repercussions on the Gaza Strip and the whole region".

    "Jordan demands Israel stop all forms of escalation. The international community should actively intervene to stop the Israeli aggression," Momani said.

    "The Israeli actions violate international laws and obstruct peace efforts in the region," added the minister, whose country has a 1994 peace treaty with the Zionist state.

    Yesterday, the Arab League called for the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the deadly Israeli air campaign against Gaza, Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said.

    An official from the pan-Arab bloc told AFP Arabi had "instructed the Arab League's UN representative to initiate urgent consultations within the Arab group calling for an emergency security meeting of the Security Council."

    Earlier, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas asked the international community to "immediately intervene to halt this dangerous escalation which would lead the region to more destruction and instability."

    Arabi said he had been "in touch with president Abbas to follow the latest developments in the Gaza Strip" while also continuing "consultations with Arab foreign ministers on this subject."

    He denounced the "dangerous Israeli escalation" and warned against its humanitarian consequences in Gaza.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:12

  • Infographic: Israeli Offensive on Besieged #Gaza Strip Within 1 Day

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    03:07pm

    The Geneva-based Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights has released an infographic starkly outlining that damages and deaths of the first day of Israel's attack on Gaza.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:07

  • Rumors of electricity cut in Gaza, water station hit

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    03:03pm

    There are unconfirmed rumors that electricity has been cut from parts of Gaza.

    This comes after the Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon called on the Israel Wednesday to immediately cut off fuel and electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip.

    “It is inconceivable that on the one hand we fight Hamas and on the other we provide fuel and electricity that are used to transport missiles that are fired at us,” Danon said according to the right-wing Israeli news paper Jerusalem Post. “We are in a campaign against Hamas, which is firing missiles at Israel’s citizens.”

    “We need to use all of the levers of pressure that we have at our disposal in order to bring Hamas to sue for a ceasefire.”

    Additionally, there are reports, yet to be confirmed, that Israeli has bombed a water line, a source of clear water for thousands of Palestinians in the besieged strip.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:03

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  • Israeli military's propaganda tweets

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    02:41pm

    Not content with simply bombarding the besieged and enclosed Gaza Strip to dust, the Israeli military has been working hard to unleash a barrage of propaganda posters on its Twitter account justifying the assault.

    The posters are heavily concerned about highlighting Hamas's rockets and the "terror" it sows, without presenting much context, or detailing the fact that causalities were quite rare on the Israeli side.

    The posters also do not take into account the point that Hamas began firing rockets after Israeli launched air strikes on the territory and had been arresting Hamas members, and others, in the West Bank during the past month.

    Here are some of the posters, for the curious or masochistic:

    Meanwhile, a heart-breaking picture has surfaced on Twitter of the bodies of seven children killed in one Israeli strike:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 14:41

  • Amal condemns Israeli assault on Gaza

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    02:32pm

    The Lebanese political group Amal’s political office released a statement Wednesday afternoon calling for widespread protests condemning the Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” and its systematic assault on the Gaza Strip, Lebanese state media reported. .

    “Words of condemnation and denunciation to Israeli crimes, especially to the burning of Mohammed Abu Khdair, are no longer enough,” read the statement carried by Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA).

    “We could no longer stand idle to the bloody facts and watch as the Palestinian people live through [this] alone on the field.”

    Amal also called on political parties, popular forces, and civil organizations and trade unions, especially the Association of Arab Lawyers, to “immediate national, regional, and international rallies in an effort to mobilize a united Arab position, as well as international condemnation.”

    “We look up to the recent decisions made by the European Union to boycott settler products, and we call for this boycott to be propagated internationally, as well as for wider protests at the national scale.”

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 14:32

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  • More than a hundred 1948 Palestinians still in Israeli prisons after raids

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    02:29pm

    Adalah, the legal center of Arab minority rights in Israel, announced in a
    press release that "approximately 110 Palestinian citizens of Israel, including at least 37 children, from various towns and villages in the north, the Triangle, and in the southern Naqab (Negev) remain in detention."

    The press release states:

    Since Thursday 3 July 2014, thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem have been demonstrating in dozens of towns and villages. The demonstrations were organized are in response to the murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir from the Shu’afat neighborhood of East Jerusalem, who was abducted and burned alive by Israeli Jewish extremists. This killing followed the news of the murders of the three kidnapped Jewish Israeli teenagers studying in a yeshiva in the occupied West Bank.

    As of 12 noon today, 8 July 2014, approximately 110 Palestinian citizens of Israel, including at least 37 children, from various towns and villages in the north, the Triangle, and in the southern Naqab (Negev) remain in detention. Scores of others were arrested and released since 3 July 2014, while new arrests are continuing to be made every few hours. Court hearings took place throughout the day today regarding police requests to extend the detention of individuals, and appeals against the extension of detention and conditions of release.

    The high number of arrests and detentions marks the largest wave of imprisonment of Palestinian citizen demonstrators in Israel since the October 2000 events.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 14:29

  • Hamas retaliates by sending a salvo of rockets

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    02:22pm

    Hamas, and other resistance groups, have been responding to the Israeli on-going attack on Gaza.

    The latest news by the Israeli media is that six rockets were launched in the past few minutes, added to the 50 rockets launched since the morning and 160 rockets yesterday.

    The Jerusalem News Network uploaded on its Facebook page of a video by the Qassem Brigades’media department showing two J80 missiles launched at Tel Aviv last night.

    Here's the video:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 14:22

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  • Guardian columnist criticizes Western media's coverage of Palestine

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    02:09pm

    A very interesting, harsh criticism by The Guardian columnist, Owen Jones, in regards to the blatantly bias within Western media's coverage of events in Palestine.

    He writes:

    The macabre truth is that Israeli life is deemed by the western media to be worth more than a Palestinian life: here is the "hierarchy of death" at work. According to the Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem, 565 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces since January 2009, while 28 Israeli civilians and 10 Israeli security personnel have been killed. The asymmetry of this so-called conflict is reflected in the death toll, but it is not reflected in the coverage.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 14:09

  • Graphic video of an air strike in Khan Younis: RT

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    02:04pm

    Russia Today (RT) has released a very graphic and disturbing video of an Israeli airstrike on a building in Khan Younis. As usual, the precision smart bombs released by the Israeli military has devastated civilians.

    Here's the video, released by RT on YouTube yesterday. Again, there are graphic scenes:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 14:04

  • Palestine dead rises and rises

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    01:58pm

    News of more civilians being killed by the Israeli attacks never seems to end.

    Here's a tweet by the Palestinian health ministry official in Gaza:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:58

  • Protests for Palestine in Lebanon

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    01:55pm

    Hamas organized a massive march in Tyre refugee camp of al-Buss Wednesday, in condemnation of the Zionist aggression on the Palestinian people, raising a call for resistance against occupying forces, Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported.

    “We will not relinquish the right the Palestinian people to resist the occupation and defend itself against crimes committed,” said Jihad Taha, a member of the political leadership of Hamas in Lebanon.

    Taha, speaking at the protest, called for different factions to “unite in the trenches of resistance,” and demanded the Palestinian Authority to “do their duties towards the Palestinian people, especially our people trapped in Gaza and support the resistance, and expose the Zionist crimes to international tribunals."

    In the same vein, the Progressive Youths’ Organization (PYO) has called for a symbolic protest at the Samir Kassir Garden in downtown Beirut Thursday afternoon, at 7 p.m., in support of Palestinians under attack.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:55

  • Ahram: Egyptian president promises attempts to broker truce

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    01:52pm

    According to the Egyptian news site, Ahram Online, the Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that he would try to exert pressure to end Israeli attacks on Gaza and expressed his commitment to the safety of Palestinians.

    The alleged statements were made to in a phone conversation with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last night.

    It should be noted that the blockade in Gaza has been tightened and enforced by Egypt, with Israel, and the Egyptian military has been known to be hostile to Hamas in Gaza.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:52

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  • More dead reported: Palestinian health ministry

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    01:39pm

    Health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra has just tweeted news of more Palestinians being killed by the Israeli bombardment of the besieged Gaza strip.

    This death toll currently marked at 32, and seems likely to rise throughout the day.

    Here are the tweets:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:39

  • Iran condemns Israeli assault: AFP

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    01:33pm

    Iran's foreign ministry has released a statement condemning Israeli air raids and called on the West to help prevent a "human catastrophe", AFP reports.

    "We are, unfortunately, witnessing the escalation of savage aggression by the Zionists in recent days against the innocent and defenceless people of Palestine," foreign ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham said during her weekly briefing with the press.

    Iran calls on "Western countries and supporters of the Zionist regime (to) take firm a stance and prevent a human catastrophe and stop the attacks," she added, while questioning an "unrealistic excuse of the kidnapping of three Zionist settlers."

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:33

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  • More global solidarity protests for Palestine

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    01:28pm

    More international solidarity protests for Palestine have been announced for today.

    The North American-based Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has complied an updated list of protest locations and timings.

    Here are some pictures shared by the site of protests that are taking place in various cities already:

    London. London.

    San FranciscoSan Francisco

    Paris Paris

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:28

  • Washington Post: Another example of bias

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    01:17pm

    It's become just too easy to find examples of problematic Western mainstream media's coverage in regards to Palestine.

    Here's another one, this time by The Washington Post. From the beginning paragraphs of today's report, the author goes to great to write about the suffering of Israeli scrambling for bomb shelters (the Palestinians do not have that luxury), and mentioning Palestinian casualties by the third paragraph.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:17

  • Global solidarity protests for Palestine announced

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    01:06pm

    Protests in support of Palestine have been announced in various parts of the world. A list of the locations and timings of these protests are been circulated online.

    The countries in which protests for Palestine will take place include Spain, Belgium, the United States, France, Jordan, Tunisia, and even within certain parts of Palestine itself.

    Here is a partial list of mobilization efforts that are planned for today.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:06

  • 13-year-old Palestine dead, total casualties rise

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    12:58pm

    Health ministry officials in Gaza announced another dead Palestine, this time a 13-year-old Palestinian boy named Amir Areef.

    He was killed due to injuries sustained from an Israeli air strike on the area of al-Sha'af, bring the total number of dead since Tuesday to 28.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:58

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  • Former Lebanese PM Najib Mikati condemns Israeli attack, calls for action

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    12:53pm

    Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati condemned on Wednesday "the new Israeli aggression on the Palestinian Gaza Strip, which constitutes an episode of the old Israeli plan - aimed at ending the Palestinian matter by all military and political means."

    His words came in a statement was released to the Lebanese press earlier in the day, the Lebanese national news agency reported.

    "This criminal approach is no alien to the Israeli enemy, and we have experienced it in Lebanon several times, but what is surprising in this circumstance is the international silence over what is happening, as if there was intended leniency to enable the Israeli enemy to impose a new status quo in Gaza to be used later in the process of negotiations," he said.

    "We appeal to the Arab League, Arab leaders, the UN and the international community to intervene with full force to stop the Israeli aggression which inflicts major losses on our brothers the Palestinians in Gaza. We ask them to force the Israeli enemy to return to the negotiation table and implement the agreements previously signed with the Palestinian Authority," Mikati added.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:53

  • New York Times's coverage: A classic case of distortion

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    12:48pm

    The New York Times is notorious for its blatant orientation towards the Israeli narrative.

    In another classic example, in a tedious long list of examples, the news outlet's latest report on the attack on Gaza titled, unsurprisingly, "Israel and Hamas Trade Attacks as Tension Rises" , goes to great lengths to speak about rockets from Hamas threatening Israel.

    The report buries information on Palestinians casualties, quickly mentioned in the fifth paragraph, before moving on.

    To read more on the nature of The New York Times, and the much of the Western mainstream media's coverage of Palestine, check out this analysis by Yazan al-Saadi.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:48

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  • Partial list of the dead in Gaza

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    12:40pm

    A list of names of the first 23 Palestinians killed by Israeli airstrikes have been making the rounds on social media since yesterday. The list is based on official Gaza health ministry figures and shows the name, age, and origin of some of those who have died yesterday.

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:40

  • Israeli military releases propaganda video

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    12:33pm

    The Israeli military released a video online of what it claims are five "Hamas terrorists" being killed on the beach near the Israeli kibbutz of Zikum in the southern parts of occupied Palestine.

    Without much context or explanation, the Israeli military claims that the five men were attempting to "infiltrate" before they were shot by snipers.

    The video can be seen here:

    Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:33

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